The U.S. Route 22 to I-79 project is the middle section of the Southern Beltway project which begins at the southern terminus of the Findlay Connector at the U.S. Route 22 Interchange and proceeds 13 miles southeast to an interchange with I-79 and a local connection at Morganza Road near the Allegheny/Washington County line. The Record of Decision (granting environmental clearance) was issued for the project in September 2008. Funding for the U.S. Route 22 to I-79 project came in 2013 with the passing of Act 89 legislation. Estimated cost for this 13-mile section is approximately $800 million. The U.S. Route 22 to I-79 section will link to the Findlay Connector creating 19 miles of the Southern Beltway, an all electronic tolling highway.
Due to the complexity of building a new 13-mile roadway, the Route 22 to I-79 project had been divided into nine construction sections. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) has completed seven sections of the project, while the remaining two sections are still being constructed. Details related to each section’s project limits, schedule, roadway alignment, and contact information can be accessed using the map above or the links below. The Southern Beltway will be open to traffic in October of 2021 with restrictions at I-79. Northbound I-79 traffic will be able to head west on the Southern Beltway and eastbound traffic on the Southern Beltway will be able to head south on I-79. All connections to and from I-79 will be open in 2022.